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We will not be discouraged

I heard late last week that some loser or gang of losers pulled a bunch of flowers from the planters along the walking trails at Jaycee Park. Way to go, you bunch of losers! Hope you got your jollies! What…

Jeff Burgar Families, politicians, community pundits, philosophers, bar flies and coffee shop denizens have all chewed much fat over upcoming generations. Most were disturbed. They saw a vast cohort of aimless and wasted youth. Youth who eventually, as they aged…

Chris Clegg Western Canadians are soft! Really, really soft when it comes to confederation! There! I said it! Now let me state my case! We have had eastern politicians give it to us for decades. For far too long, eastern…

Joe McWilliams Time flies like an arrow, the saying goes. But fruit flies like bananas! Except it turns out they don’t really like them. I’ve done the scientific research. I never knew what a fruit fly was, but now I…

Jeff Burgar A person tossed in a couple of comments on a news story about the new federal journalism fund last week. I confess. It was me. Since nobody asked my opinion one way or the other, maybe nobody cared.…
What would happen if council . . .?

It was May 16, 2001 when the High Prairie Esso gas station was demolished. Since then, it has been a hot topic of discussion at the coffee shops, not to mention an eyesore and a black mark on our community.…

Richard Froese Wildfires now seem to be the new normal for summer in northern Alberta and British Columbia. Windy and warm weather and tinder-dry conditions spread wildfires that threatened communities around Wabasca, Loon River, Manning and High Level over the…

Jeff Burgar It’s bad enough businesses have to lock their dump bins. Locks are needed because there are a few losers too cheap to pay their own trash fees. So, these dorfs think it’s oh so cutesy leeching on to…
Therapy is so good for the soul

The incredibly annoying, irritating, senseless, childlike “thump, thump, thump” heard in our province’s highest room of decision making may soon be silenced like a church mouse. OK, perhaps I am exaggerating, but if a United Conservative Party’s wish comes true,…

Tom Henihan A substantial number of Canadians in rural areas and small cities may lose access to basic TV services such as CTV, Global, Citytv and the official national broadcaster, CBC Television. Shaw Communications home satellite service recently informed the…

Jeff Burgar Just when you think we are all doomed, something happens which brings rays of sunshine and a bit of hope to all the gloom. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, ever since elected, has proven to be of many minds.…
Time to get this ceremony back on track

Is it a ceremony that has lost its luster? Is it a ceremony that has lost its meaning? Is it a ceremony that deserves to fall by the wayside? No, no and no! Finally, after an almost two-year absence, Town…

Jeff Burgar Arguing with one’s “better half” should count as exercise. Now, I think I get a decent workout during the week. Take feeding the dog. It’s really hard bending down, picking up that doggie dish, then having to bend…

Jeff Burgar The guy who is president of the United States these days, is often described as not being “presidential”. Let’s explore. In so-called “leadership material” contests, being bald is a disadvantage. Which does not explain Vladimir Putin of Russia.…
The waiting game continues

At the time of this writing May 12, I have waited 346 days for Big Lakes councillors to disclose their expenses during a trip to Halifax in 2018. I am still waiting, patient fellow that I am! The story begins…

Pearl Lorentzen Spring makes winter’s accumulated waste visible. We are conscious of litter, but what about biodegradable waste? It will decompose in the landfill, people say. This is true to a point. As it breaks down in the dump, it…